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  • #859008
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    Rachael Taylor
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    I’m not positive this is the right forum to post but I hope so. We have scheduled our lil Apollos “fixing” for June 2nd. He’s our only male, we are tight on funds right now but since he’s the only male we have we figured fix him first and then our ladies. I’m actually pretty scared, it’s best as I know we can’t afford to take care of a litter of kittens but I’ve only been a kitty Mom for 7 months. Plus, this lil guy is just my super amazing love bug….he adores me maybe even more than I do him…maybe a tie though. My human munchkins are mad…keep telling me I’m mean….I know I’m not but still. We have his littermate sister and an older kitten that we also rescued plus a 4 year old shi tzu and everything has been absolutely perfect between them all so far. They’re like a conglomerate compilation of perfect love bugs lol. I’m so worried it’s going to change once he has it done…and being a relatively new cat Mom can’t base anything on prior experience. Help….new fur mommy needs reassurance from experienced fur parents lol

    #859011
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    JerseyJoan
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    Hi Rachael – lots of reassurance coming from TDK land! Neutering Apollo is the responsible and right thing to do. He will be happy, and the procedure will be a distant memory to him in no time.
    Sending lots of TDK white light and comforting vibes.

    #859016
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    Kittyzee
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    Yes, you do want to have him neutered, keeps him calm and no marking of territory by spraying, ugh! I don’t know how long your vet will keep him, but he will smell different when he comes home from there. The other cats will want to sniff him and will probably hiss at him when he comes home. Reassure them and him that he is the same cat, even rub your shirts or clothes from the dirty laundry that have your scent on them when he comes home to let everyone that he is the same cat that left. The clinical smell will leave and like JJ said, the procedure will be a distant memory in no time!

    #859050
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    Rachael Taylor
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    Aww, thank you for reassuring me! Kittyzee, he will be there for over 8 hours and we will be caging him for 12 hours pre-op (poor guy, no food for 12 hours and the only way we can insure that is to cage himljjhgyu…he’s going to lose his mind ????). I doubt I will sleep much, it broke me caging them the first time to drive to the vet for their initial visit vaccines. The younger two, him and his litter mate sister were carelessly abandoned on our farm with their mother….the second we closed the cage door they both just freaked out. I picture that night before….me sleeping not well on the couch with my fingers laced inside the cage links talking baby talk love and crying Bc he’s confused, scared and upset. Am I weird….I didn’t even share my life with a cat until 10 months ago and now I want to be Cat/kitten superhero savior lol

    #859051
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    JerseyJoan
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    Hey Rachael, don’t look now, but you’ve become a cat mom! Your behavior/actions purrfectly normal!
    It’s you who bears the brunt of the stress; it’s hard to see our babies upset. TDKrs understand, I promise!

    #859052
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    Rachael Taylor
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    I’m so extra freaked out…my lil guy is the first male I’ve ever been privileged to love of any animal lol. He adores me so much I sometimes want a break lol. I’m not allowed to sleep if he’s awake, I can’t lay in bed without him dominating my time….he is however the only one to illicit “dude, your love hurts lol”

    #859053
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    Kittyzee
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    Oh yeah, you got the cat mom bug! 😆 Well, welcome to being owned by cats…with the addition of my little Peso, who just turned 4-1/2 weeks old, I now have 5 (yes 5!) inside and all of them have been bottle babies. *sigh*

    #859058
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    Moonshadow_NZ
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    Welcome to being a Meowmy Rachel and being owned by a cat. It has it;s joys and it’s worries but that little furball has left footprints all over your heart and there they stay.

    #859063
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    pussigato
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    It’s amazing how quickly Lil Apollo has filled your heart. You have a wonderful gang and welcome to being a Meowmy!

    #859194
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    Rachael Taylor
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    I’m so cat mommy lol. Thank you everyone…I was really freaking out about this. I have one super important question…It’s still almost 2 weeks until he’s fixed…yet he has started mounting his littermate sister….do I need to separate them until June 2nd?

    #859200
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    Kittyzee
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    If they are over 4 months old (he and his littermate sister) then she could be coming into heat and he could get her pregnant. I would separate them, and call the vet and see if you can get him there ASAP!!

    #859201
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    pussigato
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    Depends. Females can get pregnant as early as 4 months.

    Will the siblings mate or will they “know” they are brother and sister and refrain?

    No, they won’t know or care that they are littermates. When they reach puberty and the female is in heat (also known as estrus) they will mate.

    Is his sister in heat? Or is he just humping her?

    I hate to have you separate them but that may be necessary.

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